Today the 8th November is the Birthday of Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, the Rector of St. Dominic Savio Boys Home, Andheri. The boarders had an animated mass in the morning at 07.30 and Fr. Godfrey D'Souza was the main celebrant. Frs. Crispino D'Souza, Fr. Godfrey D'Sa, Fr. Cyril D'Souza and Fr. Blaise Fernandes concelebrated with Fr. Rector.
The Seniors with their House T-Shirts
At 10.30 am Bro. Brenden invited Fr. Rector to inaugurate the Boarding House System. Fr. Godfrey said a few words and told the boarders that the House System helped them in Team Building, Discipline and Creativity building and hence it was important that they make good use of this means and help to work together as a Team. Each boarder was given a House T-Shirt with their House name printed on the back.
The juniours in their section
Master Ronny Borges the Boarding Captain
Master Clifford Tellis the Boarding Vice Captain
Fr. Rector installing the four Captains
During the inauguration of the House System, the Boarding Captain, Master Ronny Borges, the Vice Captain, Master Clifford Tellis, and the four Captains of the Boarding: Master Richly Henriques the Captain of the Savio's Team, Master Thomas Morris the Captain of the Bosco's team, Master Peter Gomes the Captain of the Rua's team and Master Vitus D'Souza the Captain of the Zatti's team were also installed during the inauguration.
The Bosco's Team
The Savio's Team
The Rua's Team
The Zatti's Team
We were indeed very happy to have with us Bro. Matthew D'Lomey who has been a very good benefactor to the Institution and the boys. Bro. Matthew came to visit us on this occasion and saw the boys in their outfits. The boarders welcomed him and the band players played a number or two for him. Bro. Matthew gave each boarder a copy of the bible and asked them to read the bible daily as it would help them in their daily living.
Bro. Matthew D'Lomey our cherished benefactor with us
Bro. Matthew listening to our band
Once the inauguration was over we took a group photograph of all the teams together in our garden.
The Teams together with Fr. Rector & Bro. Brenden
The Presidents, Treasurers and Secretaries of the Cooperators and the Past Pupils were also invited for lunch. It was a family occasion and the confreres from the various houses poured in for the celebration. Fr. Bosco Pereira was the compere for the occasion and kept the group in splits and laughter with his wit and humour.
Fr. Bosco Pereira the compere of the celebrations
Fr. Crispino D'Souza the Vice Rector, raised the toast and enumerated a list of qualities that he saw in the birthday boy and thanked Fr. Godfrey for his leadership role in the community. It was a happy occasion and all those present did have a lovely time. Bro. Rocha who had also come along with the Provincial, Fr. Michael Fernandes, said a few words too and had all smiling with his humour.
At the cutting of the birthday cake
A different angle
The Birthday song did not seem to get over....
Fr. Godfrey replying to the toast
Fr. Godfrey thanked Fr. Crispino, Fr. Bosco and each member of the community for this celebration and said that Birthday were good and that statistics showed that those who celebrated the most number of birthdays lived the longest. With the list of qualities that Fr. Crispino mentioned Fr. Godfrey said that the first thing that he did when he woke up was put on the computer and typed the words: It is my Birthday today and the computer replied that he needed an upgrade.
Bro. Rocha saying a few words of appreciation
Fr. Provincial blessing the meal